Wow. How does that happen?
I hardly know where to begin. Girls have called me
and told me their friends were practically molested by the
male dancers. who grabbed them and grinded them - giving them
attention they didn't want. Some shy girls, along for
the ride with their friends are shocked and some end up in
tears after a guy gloms onto them and gets closer than the
girl is comfortable with. I've actually fired dancers
- on the floor, at the show and on the spot - for getting
too close to a girl without her permission. Even
down to the drinks - some male strip clubs advertise a "no
drink minimum" and then gouge the ladies with $15 drinks
with 20% service fees slapped on top of that. Who the
hell wants to pay $18 for a Cosmopolitan?
at New Age Productions, Inc. love our customers and the male
industry. Unlike our competitors we care about our product
and our brand. It saddens us to see our competitor's
unethical business practices and the constant confusion
created by deception. There’s no need for it. With only 5
male revue shows in New York City there is plenty of
business to go around. True business people know that
competition is good. However it is my belief that
competition should be about quality & service and not about
who’s better at fooling the public or deceptive business
We've seen a lot of that too and it really sets us off.
In regards to the men if we want a hunky guy to come closer we'll let him know.
Speaking of hunky guys, where do you find the hunks in
Hunk-O-Mania and your other male revue shows?
modeling agencies, bodybuilding shows, the beach and a lot
of the prospective candidates just email us their pictures
and tell us they want to be a male dancer and perform in
male revue shows. We get as many as 100 inquiries per
How do you carry out quality
control of your male strippers with so many possible
must have the look and the height we're looking for which is
5' 11". Then, we start everyone off as waiters and we see
how they interact with the patrons. While they're working
and earning money as waiters we examine their personalities
and demeanor. Once they pass the personality test our
director of talent and choreography trains them into the art
of male stripping. The more they apply themselves learning
the choreographed dance routines; the more disciplined they
are with their diets and appearance, the more professional
and the more they follow the rules the quicker they move up
Due to our
high standards we turn away 99% of all candidates because
they just don't make the cut. What makes me
laugh is that some of our rejects end up appearing in our
competitor's shows. I don't fault the guys for trying
to break into the business and work with a male revue show
with lower standards.
to hurt anybody's feelings but a lot of the wanna-be male
dancers need to consider another career choice. Maybe
go to medical school or park behind a desk in an accounting
firm. They really don't belong up on stage.
Let's face it, not everyone has what it takes to win
American idol and that's equally true for being a
HunkOMania male stripper.
I've been to your shows and I
love the atmosphere as much as the men. What do you
look for in a night club?
new trend in New York City night scene tends towards smaller
lounges which makes it difficult to find a location that can
comfortably seat 400 women per show while delivering an
electric atmosphere. I start with carefully screening
out newcomers to the scene and only look at established
venues with a good track history and seasoned management
like Club Element. Then I personally inspect the venue from
back to front, speak with the management and make sure that
the high standards I set for my male strip shows are always
maintained. It's getting harder and harder to find
night club venues like these but I refuse to lower my
Kelly: You've talked about
choreography a lot. How does New Age Productions
orchestrate the choreography of its male revue shows?
Armand: I am very proud of the
choreography in our shows. I have a professional dance
choreographer on the payroll who works with all of our male
dancers in planning an unforgettable show. We
carefully plan entertaining and erotic vignettes that touch
upon every lady's fantasies. Every woman has a fantasy
and we work hard to make her fantasies come true as much as
Our vignettes feature firemen, police
officers, rough-riding cowboys and many other types of men
in quality costumes. To cater to every lady's taste we
have black male dancers, Latin male strippers, a small army
of all-American hunks and even Asian male dancers.
It's quite a scene to see a male hunk in a Naval uniform
strut across the stage followed by a Wall Street power
broker in a Brooks Brother suit with a tool-belt toting
construction worker right behind him.
Kelly: Wow that sounds hot! Tell
me a little more about those vignettes.
Armand: We could easily put some
guys on stage and have them strut around but that's too
gratuitous. We want to give ladies a complete show.
Before the male stripper in the US Navy uniform dances
across the stage the emcee might introduce him with
something like this. "A US Navy vessel just pulled
into New York Harbor to give the crew some R&R ashore after
not even seeing a woman in six months. We were
fortunate enough to get one of those Naval officers here
tonight..." and then a few male dancers shoot across the
stage in their dress whites.
We're not trying to compete with Broadway
where a singing, dancing scripted show is concerned but we
definitely want to deliver an entertaining show every woman
Kelly: I've been to dozens of male
strip shows and never could say exactly why I liked your
male revue shows more than most others. Thank you for taking
the time to talking with us Armand.